Eibar 0-2 Barça: Efficient

Not the best performance, but a good win

Unbeaten La Liga leaders Barcelona are back to winning ways thanks to a 2-0 victory over Eibar at the Ipurua Stadium on Saturday. The Blaugrana played an efficient game and scored the goals in key moments to get the win and stay well ahead of the chasing pack.

FIRST HALF

It’s safe to say Barça were brutally efficient in the first half, which means thye just didn’t play well at all but took advantage of the only real scoring chance they had. After absorbing a lot of pressure from a really good Eibar side who passed the ball well in the attacking half, Barça struck quickly when Luis Suárez was put through on goal and rounded the keeper to get the opener.

Marc-André ter Stegen had to work hard in the first half and make quite a few good saves, keeping Barça ahead in the game and helping the rest of the defense take a hard-earned one-goal lead at halftime. But Barça needed to improve in the second half, because Eibar were ready to pounce.

SECOND HALF

The second half was not really that different from the first, but Barça did a better job of limiting Eibar’s chances to long distance efforts that did not really bother Ter Stegen and his buddies. Fabián Orellana being sent off also hurt Eibar’s chances of getting an equalizer, but the fact that Barça couldn’t score a second to kill the game gave the hosts a little bit of hope.

Until the 88th minute when Philippe Coutinho made a gorgeous switch to Aleix Vidal, who passed it to Lionel Messi inside the box; Messi wasn’t able to beat the keeper, but Jordi Alba was right behind Leo and was able to fire home the second and win the game.

This wasn’t a great performance by any means, but it’s clear that the players were thinking about Chelsea and they just wanted a good win to go into Tuesday with confidence. Job done.


Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Roberto, Piqué, Umtiti, Alba; Rakitic, Paulinho (Vidal), Busquets, Iniesta (Coutinho); Messi, Suárez

Goals: Suárez (16’), Alba (88’)

Eibar: Dmitrovic; Peña, Ramis (Lombán), Arbilla, Ángel; García, Diop (Escalante); Orellana, Jordán, Inui; Kike

Goals: None

How to watch Eibar vs Barça

Barça face a tough trip to the Basque Country, and you cannot miss it

La Liga leaders Barcelona are back in action after a whole week of rest and training, and the Blaugrana will be hoping to return to winning ways after a very tough result at home against Getafe.

Barça are yet to lose a game in the league this season, but the Getafe draw was a poor result that was not expected. Atlético Madrid are starting to get closer in the table, and the Catalan giants need to keep them far away, so a win against Eibar on Saturday is a must.

It won’t be easy, though. Eibar are 7th in the league and having a very solid season that could take them to Europe, and their home atmosphere is one of the toughest in Spain. Lionel Messi and his friends need to have a great match to get a win, and this is one you just can’t miss.


MATCH INFO

Competition/Round: 2017-18 La Liga, Matchday 24

Date/Time: Saturday, February 17th, 2018, 4.15pm CET/WAT (Barcelona & Nigeria), 3.15pm GMT (UK), 10.15am EST, 7.15am PST (USA), 8.45pm IST (India)

Venue: Estadio Municipal de Ipurua, Gipuzkoa, Basque Country, Spain

Referee: Alejandro José Hernández Hernández

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How to watch Eibar vs Barça

Barça face a tough trip to the Basque Country, and you cannot miss it

La Liga leaders Barcelona are back in action after a whole week of rest and training, and the Blaugrana will be hoping to return to winning ways after a very tough result at home against Getafe.

Barça are yet to lose a game in the league this season, but the Getafe draw was a poor result that was not expected. Atlético Madrid are starting to get closer in the table, and the Catalan giants need to keep them far away, so a win against Eibar on Saturday is a must.

It won’t be easy, though. Eibar are 7th in the league and having a very solid season that could take them to Europe, and their home atmosphere is one of the toughest in Spain. Lionel Messi and his friends need to have a great match to get a win, and this is one you just can’t miss.


MATCH INFO

Competition/Round: 2017-18 La Liga, Matchday 24

Date/Time: Saturday, February 17th, 2018, 4.15pm CET/WAT (Barcelona & Nigeria), 3.15pm GMT (UK), 10.15am EST, 7.15am PST (USA), 8.45pm IST (India)

Venue: Estadio Municipal de Ipurua, Gipuzkoa, Basque Country, Spain

Referee: Alejandro José Hernández Hernández

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LINEUPS

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Barça squad named for Eibar

Ernesto Valverde has called up 18 players for Saturday’s league trip to the Basque Country

The next Barcelona match is upon us! The Blaugrana travel to the Basque Country for a tough La Liga game away to Eibar, and Ernesto Valverde has called up a strong group of 18 players to be in uniform at the Ipurua.

This is the full squad:


Goalkeepers: 1. Marc-André ter Stegen, 13. Jasper Cillessen

Defenders: 2. Nélson Semedo, 3. Gerard Piqué, 18. Jordi Alba, 19. Lucas Digne, 20. Sergi Roberto, 23. Samuel Umtiti, 24. Yerry Mina

Midfielders: 4. Ivan Rakitic, 5. Sergio Busquets, 8. Andrés Iniesta, 14. Philippe Coutinho, 15. Paulinho Bezerra, 22. Aleix Vidal

Forwards: 9. Luis Suárez, 10. Lionel Messi, 11. Ousmane Dembélé


Valverde calls his best players for this one, which is somewhat of a surprise given there’s a giant Champions League game away to Chelsea on Tuesday night. There could be some rotation, though, but we’ll only know for sure when the team news come out. Thomas Vermaelen will miss out again due to injury, while Paco Alcácer, Denis Suarez and André Gomes are left out per the manager’s decision.

Predicted starting XI (4-4-2):

Ter Stegen; Semedo, Piqué, Umtiti, Alba; Vidal, Rakitic, Busquets, Coutinho; Messi, Suárez


The match kicks off at 4.15pm CET/WAT (Barcelona & Nigeria), 3.15pm GMT (UK), 10.15am EST, 7.15am PST (USA), 8.45pm IST (India), and you can join us to follow and comment all the action.

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Eibar vs Barça: Preview

The leaders face a tough trip to the Basque Country looking to return to winning ways

Eibar (7th, 35pts) vs FC Barcelona (1st, 59pts)


Competition/Round: 2017-18 La Liga, Matchday 24

Barcelona injuries: Thomas Vermaelen

Eibar injuries: Sergi Enrich, Fran Rico

Date/Time: Saturday, February 17th, 2018, 4.15pm CET/WAT (Barcelona & Nigeria), 3.15pm GMT (UK), 10.15am EST, 7.15am PST (USA), 8.45pm IST (India)

Venue: Estadio Municipal de Ipurua, Gipuzkoa, Basque Country, Spain

Referee: Alejandro José Hernández Hernández

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After a full week of rest and training following last week’s disappointing draw against Getafe, Barcelona should be feeling fresh and ready to return to winning ways when they travel to the Basque Country for a tough La Liga match against Eibar. The Blaugrana have been fairly successful away to Eibar, but playing in their tiny stadium filled with some crazy, crazy, crazy fans is never easy.

Ernesto Valverde and his men definitely do not want a second poor result in a row, not only to keep their great distance to Atlético Madrid but also avoid a dip in confidence ahead of Tuesday’s giant Champions League match against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

Facing a very good team away from home at a tough ground in the Basque Country will be a good preparation to face a very good team away from home at a tough ground in London, so a win is really, really important on Saturday.


POSSIBLE LINEUPS

Barcelona (4-4-2): Ter Stegen; Semedo, Piqué, Umtiti, Alba; Vidal, Rakitic, Busquets, Coutinho; Messi, Suárez

Eibar (4-4-2): Dmitrovic; Peña, Ramis, Arbilla, Ángel; Orellana, Diop, García, Inui; Charles, Kike


PREDICTION

A trip to Eibar is always tough, but we’ll get the job done with a good game: 2-0 to the leaders.

Barça 0-0 Getafe: Frustrating

Well, that wasn’t fun…

Barcelona are still unbeaten in La Liga, but they had a shocking result on Sunday’s match against Getafe at Camp Nou: the Blaugrana played quite poorly for 90 minutes and just could not find a breakthrough, and a goalless draw doesn’t exactly hurt the league leaders, but gives Atlético Madrid a little bit of hope in the title race.

FIRST HALF

Getafe are a very good defensive team, and they proved it perfectly in the first 45 minutes of this game: the visitors were incredibly organized and basically shut down the Blaugrana, who did a decent job of getting the ball close to the box but just could not find an opening.

As well as having a great defensive structure, Getafe were also dangerous on the counter and had the best chances of the half. Ter Stegen was the busier of the two goalkeepers, and the only time Barça were able to find a shot on target was when Luis Suárez was offside after a Lionel Messi cross and had his goal correctly disallowed.

At halftime, a poor performance from Barça needed a lot of improvement to get three points.

SECOND HALF

The second half was pretty much a mirror image of the first, with Getafe defending very well and Barça having a lot of trouble putting together decent passing combinations in front of the box. The only scoring chances came on headers from Luis Suárez and Yerry Mina, but the Getafe goalkeeper made some really smart stops.

Barça sent everybody forward in the final minute looking for a winner, but like the rest of the game they just could not find the back of the net. A 0-0 draw is not the worst result in terms of the table, but it’s obviously not what we wanted. But it happens, and we move on.


Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Roberto, Mina, Digne, Alba; Alcácer (Dembélé), Rakitic, Busquets (Paulinho), Coutinho (Iniesta); Messi, Suárez

Goals: None

Getafe: Guaita; Suárez, Bruno, Dakonam, Antunes; Fajr, Arambarri; Portillo, Shibasaki, Amath (Molina); Ángel (Flamini)

Goals: None

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MATCH INFO, HOW TO WATCH ON TV/ONLINE

Preview: Barcelona vs Getafe

Competition/Round: 2017-18 La Liga, Matchday 23

Date/Time: Sunday, February 11th, 2018, 4.15pm CET/WAT (Barcelona & Nigeria), 3.15pm GMT (UK), 10.15am EST, 7.15am PST (USA), 8.45pm IST (India)

Venue: Camp Nou, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

Referee: David Fernández Borbalán

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LINEUPS

BARCELONA

Starting XI: Ter Stegen; Roberto, Mina, Digne, Alba; Alcácer, Rakitic, Busquets, Coutinho; Messi, Suárez

Substitutes: Cillessen, Piqué, Semedo, Paulinho, Vidal, Iniesta, Dembélé

GETAFE

Starting XI: Guaita; Suárez, Bruno, Dakonam, Antunes; Fajr, Arambarri; Portillo, Shibasaki, Amath; Ángel

Substitutes: Martínez, Cabrera, Cala, Flamini, Mora, Rémy, Molina


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FC Barcelona News: 11 February 2018

A round-up of the latest Barcelona news and transfer rumors

Match Preview: FC Barcelona vs Getafe – FC Barcelona
Less than 72 hours after qualifying for the Copa del Rey Final, FC Barcelona returns to the friendly confines of Camp Nou looking to stay undefeated in La Liga and maintain its sizable lead at the top of the standings. Getafe enters the game in 11th place but is just four points away from a coveted slot in European play next season.

Valverde: Dembele the difference | Football Espana
Ernesto Valverde has backed Ousmane Dembele to “make a difference” for Barcelona after his return and confirms Yerry Mina is ‘ready’ to face Getafe.

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde: Gerard Pique should be fit to face Chelsea – ESPN FC
BARCELONA — Gerard Pique missed training on Saturday but has been included in the Barcelona squad for Sunday’s league game against Getafe and should be fit to face Chelsea in the Champions League.

How to watch Barça vs Getafe

The leaders face another tough test in their quest for the title, and you must watch it

The action doesn’t stop for La Liga leaders Barcelona. Just three days after a very tough Copa del Rey semi-final win against Valencia, the Blaugrana already have to play again and will face a really difficult test in their quest for the league title.

Getafe come to Camp Nou on Sunday looking to continue their solid run of form, with only one loss in their last six games. The Azulones are sitting comfortable in the middle of the table, far away from a relegation battle and looking to take points from the big teams with their prowess on counter attacks and set pieces.

Barça will need to be at their best to make sure they’ll come out on top in this one, so it’s good news that Lionel Messi and Luis Suárez are just unstoppable at the moment. With Philippe Coutinho scoring his first goal for the club in midweek, the Blaugrana have a formidable trio ready to lead the team to another win. This will be a very fun game, and you must not miss it.


MATCH INFO

Competition/Round: 2017-18 La Liga, Matchday 23

Date/Time: Sunday, February 11th, 2018, 4.15pm CET/WAT (Barcelona & Nigeria), 3.15pm GMT (UK), 10.15am EST, 7.15am PST (USA), 8.45pm IST (India)

Venue: Camp Nou, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

Referee: David Fernández Borbalán

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LINEUPS

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Barça squad named for Getafe

Ous is back!!!

The next Barcelona match is upon us! The Blaugrana welcome Getafe to Camp Nou for a big La Liga game for the unbeaten leaders, and Ernesto Valverde has called up 18 players to be in uniform.

This is the full squad:


Goalkeepers: 1. Marc-André ter Stegen, 13. Jasper Cillessen

Defenders: 2. Nélson Semedo, 3. Gerard Piqué, 18. Jordi Alba, 19. Lucas Digne, 20. Sergi Roberto, 24. Yerry Mina

Midfielders: 4. Ivan Rakitic, 5. Sergio Busquets, 8. Andrés Iniesta, 14. Philippe Coutinho, 15. Paulinho Bezerra, 22. Aleix Vidal

Forwards: 9. Luis Suárez, 10. Lionel Messi, 11. Ousmane Dembélé, 17. Paco Alcácer


Valverde has a pretty healthy squad at the moment, but he’s missing two defenders in Samuel Umtiti (suspension) and Thomas Vermaelen (injury). Thankfully the coach can count on Gerard Piqué, who was able to recover from a knock suffered against Valencia and should be fit to play in this one. André Gomes and Denis Suarez miss out per the choice of the manager.

Predicted starting XI (4-4-2):

Ter Stegen; Semedo, Piqué, Mina, Digne; Alcácer, Paulinho, Rakitic, Coutinho; Messi, Suárez


The match kicks off at 4.15pm CET/WAT (Barcelona & Nigeria), 3.15pm GMT (UK), 10.15am EST, 7.15am PST (USA), 8.45pm IST (India), and you can join us to follow and comment all the action.

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